In this sense, Billy Pilgrim is a profoundly alienated individual. It is appropriate that what is arguably the closest relationship Billy has in the novel is with the science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, another deeply alienated individual: They had both found life meaningless, partly because of what they had seen in the war. This concept is articulated through the philosophy of the Tralfamadorians, for whom time is not a linear progression of events, but a constant condition:
I found it quite difficult at times to absorb. There is so much delivery in these simply worded sentences. Add that to the constant time shifts and I became frustrated because I felt I was missing the point at times. It was like the concepts were too big for me to take in in the rapid fire form he uses where every sentence is a worthy or meaningful statement.
It was bleak and tragic in a way that sometimes pulled at my heart and other times left me feeling numb and hopeless. He would suck the joy out of me in one paragraph and then throw in such a witty, dry one liner that you couldn't help but smile.
It is a book about war and death and the concept of time and the questionable idea of humanity. Too much to take in with just one reading.
I'll have to try it again one day but until then I can say I greatly admire Vonnegut. I enjoyed the dark version of existentialism as a theme.
There is also a dark take on humanity that provokes a sad sort of laughter which is the only type of humor in this book: Further, after a death, Vonnegut recognizes the deceased with the anticlimactic "And so it goes. If you like this book, I would recommend by George Orwell.
Aside from his insightful wit, he also manages to convey the absurdity of human conflict. The novel follows Billy Pilgrim as he experiences this same incident, and goes on to tell of his life afterwards, including his abduction by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, and his time on their world.
The narrative moves back and forth in time, now that Billy has ability to time-travel to any moment of his life, and makes for very interesting reading.
A very pleasurable and profound reading experience, dealing with very un-pleasurable topics. Like t tlovold Mar 03, The beginning of the movie with Billy stumbling through the snow and music is unforgettable. It is my favorite part of the movie. The images stuck with me as I read the book.
Great book and the movie was just as good, which is unusual. I loved Vonnegut's voice when I was a teenager and young adult, and thought I'd revisit that by starting to reread his books.
His writing is still powerful and deceptively simple, and he plays with language like almost no other American writer. However, if I was reading this for the first time, I might not be moved to seek out more. His voice comes across to me now as a bit jaded and cynical, in the "cool kid" way.
So it goes, indeed. Like m markn Jul 22, Classifying this as a great literary telling of an anti-war story is a bit deceiving. A poorly written account of a man's life, it does focus on absurdity.
Confusing is an understatement; I would love some explanation of why aliens were involved. There are almost no coherent events at all. If I'm reading an anti-war book, I'd like to come away knowing why the author despises the violence. I'd also like to know what the purpose of reading the book was.
Lacking characters the reader cares about, abundant in poor writing style, and boasting no overarching concept, message, or theme whatsoever, this is not a book I'd recommend. Like Extremely dark novel, yet enjoyable.
I would not recommend this novel for younger readers Like 1 like kurthallsman Oct 17, One of the best among many of Vonnegut's books. The beginning of his mature snippet I'm going to describe to you what happens in this book before it actually happens in this book writing style.
And So It Goes. The movie is great too.Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic 5/5(5). - Analysis of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Section One- Introduction Slaughterhouse-Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut Junior, was published in after twenty-three years of internal anguish.
The novel was a "progressive work" after Vonnegut returned from World War II. This emphasis on survival in Slaughterhouse-Five mirrors the concerns of the American naturalistic writers at the turn of the twentieth century, and only a connection between Vonnegut and these writers can account for his departure from his other existential influences.
- The Three Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut did a great job in writing an irresistible reading novel in which one is not permitted to laugh, and yet still be a sad book without tears.
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